Contacts III

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Object Name: 
Contacts III
Accession Number: 
(a) Sculptural Part H: 121.2 cm, W: 96 cm, D: 26.2 cm; (b) Sculptural Part H: 109 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Gift in part of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser
Web Description: 
The internationally acclaimed artists Libenský and Brychtová pioneered, explored, developed, and defined glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture. The career in glass of this husband-and-wife team spanned more than 45 years. Their art explores ideas about light, color, space, and transparency. In Contacts, two prisms intersect to form a cube. The combination of two geometric shapes to create a third form is characteristic of Libenský and Brychtová’s work. A much larger version of Contacts was commissioned for a wall in the Narodní metro station in Prague in 1983.
Greenberg, Daniel, Source
Steinhauser, Susan, Source
Heller Gallery, Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent topaz non-lead glass; mold-melted, ground, polished, assembled; steel structure. Solid, narrow, vertical cast sections that are mirror images of each other and stand upright--partly overlapping with approximately 3/8" in between; both irregular shapes consist of a squared, upper, outside corner of uniform thickness the extends downward diagonally then sharply thickens to form a low, wide, diagonal, pyramidal interior edge that tapers in at the base of the section; when pyramidal sections are overlapped the top and sides of the sculpture form two broad, flat corners flanking a central cube that extends downward and visually splits apart leaving a space between the two sections at the base; overall interior veiling and seed bubbles; sections rest on a solid metal rhomboid base; inscribed in block letters near interior base edge of one section: "S. LIBENSKý J. BRYCHTOVÁ 1984-87".
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
Stanislav Libenský, Jaroslava Brychtová: A 34 Year Collaboration with Glass
Heller Gallery 1988-03-05 through 1988-03-27
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 43, 106-107 (fig. 86, plate 29); BIB# 107478
Stanislav Libensky Jaroslava Brychtova (2002) illustrated, p. 142; BIB# 73574
Rhinestone Cowboys (1997) illustrated, p. 14;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 31 (1989) illustrated, p. 115, #42; BIB# AI23357
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1988 (1989) illustrated, pp. 7, 17; BIB# AI96381